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Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF): The Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF) is a cross-industry metadata identification strategy designed to facilitate convergence and interoperability among e-business and other standards. The objective of the UDEF is to provide a means of real-time identification for semantic equivalency, as an attribute to data elements within e-business document and integration formats. The supporters of the UDEF hope that it can be seen as the "Dewey Decimal System" across standards. The UDEF can be seen as only an attribute in the data element. There are no process, validation, or handling requirements. The intent is to communicate in a standard and repeatable way, the exact concept that the data element represents. There is very little about context, just enough to identify the data element exactly. Organization: www.udef.com. More information: UDEF page on the www.udef.com website.

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